This past weekend Glenn and the girls enjoyed a quiet time together. They ran errands, watched cartoons, read books and took quite a few trips to the park. Quality father daughters bonding time. Where was mom? Eating on the other side of Canada.
This year’s Canadian Celiac Association Conference was in Calgary. My mom and I really enjoying going to the conferences together so as part of my 40th, they gifted me airfare to Calgary. Off I went after work on Friday. I didn’t arrive until late but there was delicious goodies awaiting me – perogies, fruit, a lemon poppy seed muffin and skor cookies. All gluten free of course and simply scrumptious. After a long flight and missing my girls it was the perfect end to the day. (Now the full bed to myself with its mound of pillows didn’t hurt either).
In the lobby waiting to go in to the seminars.
The next morning we were up bright and early to hit the breakfast and seminars. Each time we go to the conference I learn something new. Of course, right next door was the exhibit hall with its free samples. Oh how I ate – coconut milk ice cream, cookies, pizza, perogies…. My highlights were the coconut milk ice cream by Screamin Brothers (really intense fresh flavours can’t wait until it hits the shelves in Ontario), the cinnamon dessert pizza (Coco Brooks) and the perogies (Stella’s Perogies). I also found gluten free Goldfish Puffs. I didn’t try them until getting home but delicious! Then there was the buns provided at lunch. Heaven. Soft, untoasted yumminess. They alone have me wanting to go back to Calgary. Thank you to Care Bakery. Sandwich and bread deliciousness. Is that it? Oh no, I still have some GF meat sticks that I am hoping the girls will eat (not spicy – Grimms), new healthier takes on the traditional sesame sticks (can’t recall the company name), some GF Breton crackers awaiting sampling…mmm, food.
One of the free samples. I didn’t know that Stax were also GF.
It wasn’t all about the food and an auto immunie disease; I did manage to get outside. Heck, by lunch when I was full (only until it was time for an afternoon snack) mom and I along with a fellow conference attendee ventured out to enjoy the sunshine along the main tourist strip. It was a beautiful day and I rather enjoyed getting out and stretching my legs.
The pedestrian strip
The suffragettes statues was one of my favourites as was the one depicting the heights of the various hills and mountains around the city.
The girls would have loved splashing around in here.
Once the day’s sessions had finished, we all headed out to the nearby mall to visit the Devonian Gardens. Mall? Gardens? Doesn’t sound like something you see everyday and it is not. It is located on the top floor of the mall and offers a nice oasis situated near the food court. I quite enjoyed the tranquility.
From there we went to the Fairmount for a nice dinner (yup, even more GF goodness). Dad wanted to do something nice for mom becaue the next day was their 45th wedding anniversary. At the end of the meal, our came dessert complete with sparkler and chocolate message. Mom’s face just lit up. Oh and it was gluten free too!
Steak and roasted garlic & potatoe soup (GF) with vegge.
I was sad to leave my oasis of gluten freeness and return to reality but at the same time happy because it meant coming home to my Glenn and the girls. Overall it was a great weekend.